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The Silver Ring Thing, based in Pittsburgh, which asked teens to commit their life to Jesus, received over $1 million in federal grants.  The Department of Health and Human Services suspended funding for the program in August, citing concerns that "the federal project that is funded ... includes both secular and religious components that are not adequately separated."
 
 
Santorum loan hit  Feb 23, 2006
 
 
 
 
 
 
In monthly tracking since May, 2005, his approval rating was lower only in August, 42%, when his book came out.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
[did Santorum's campaign know that Specter helped assitant's husband's lobbying firm gain $50 million in contracts when they accused Casey of taking $5,500 from Abramoff associates? --SW editor]
 
 
 
 
 
Santorum and Specter voted with GOP in strict party line vote against "a Democratic recommendation that a pending tax bill (HR 4297) not extend lower capital gains and dividend rates, and that the resulting $20 billion in savings over two years be spent on the military in Iraq." [Roll Call Report Syndicate description] [vote #20] Feb 14, 2006 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving."   Santorum, Sep, 2005
 
 
 
Italian, who knew?  Feb 9, 2006
 
Santorum's hypocrisy  Feb 9, 2006
 
 
Ms. Wilson said in the interview Tuesday that she considered the limited Congressional briefings to be "increasingly untenable" because they left most lawmakers knowing little about the program. She said the House Intelligence Committee needed to conduct a "painstaking" review, including not only classified briefings but also access to internal documents and staff interviews with N.S.A. aides and intelligence officials.  Ms. Wilson, a former Air Force officer who is the only female veteran currently in Congress, has butted up against the administration previously over controversial policy issues, including Medicare and troop strength in Iraq. She said she realized that publicizing her concerns over the surveillance program could harm her relations with the administration. "The president has his duty to do, but I have mine too, and I feel strongly about that," she said.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Several days after eliminating a controversial jobs list from his Tuesday meetings with lobbyists, Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) yesterday stopped the meetings altogether "until further notice"...   At the end of each meeting, lobbyists received a list of job openings and people seeking jobs, a listing compiled by the Republican National Committee. Santorum said he has not pressured lobbying firms to hire Republicans.
 
Santorum yesterday told reporters that he was charged by his colleagues at these meetings to communicate the Republican message to various constituencies, including the lobbying community.  Feb 1, 2006
 
"I don't know what you mean by Senate liaison to the, quote, 'K Street Project.' I'm not aware of any Senate liaison job that I do for the K Street Project.  --Rick Santorum, Jan 17, 2006
 
 
Santorum raised $2,487,103 from October through December, and ended the year with a cash balance of $7,759,460. Casey raised $1,667,086 during the same period. He entered 2006 with $3,443,250.
 
 
 
 

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